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Sisters Re-Elect Sister Nancy Miller as Prioress - 3/10/12
Following a weekend of prayer and discernment, the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery, Bismarck, re-elected Sister Nancy Miller, OSB, as prioress on March 10, 2012. Sister Nancy was initially installed as prioress on May 16, 2008. Prioress election is held every four years in Benedictine monastic communities, with a 12-year limit.
“It is with a grateful heart that I continue in my ministry as prioress of Annunciation Monastery,” says Sister Nancy Miller. “These past four years have filled me with a sense of being richly blessed with learning and growth as a monastic. I have an ever-deepening appreciation of my sisters in monastic community. I am inspired every day by their faith, love and support, and commitment to the mission of Jesus.”
Born and raised in Harvey, ND, to Joyce and Paul Miller, Sister Nancy is the fifth of eight children. She first became acquainted with the Sisters of Annunciation Monastery while attending the University of Mary where she received her undergraduate degree in business administration and a master’s degree in management.
As prioress, Sister Nancy provides leadership in the Sisters’ sponsored institutions:
St. Alexius Medical Center, the University of Mary and Garrison Memorial Hospital. She serves as president of the board at St. Alexius Medical Center and the University of Mary. “Together we work to ensure that Catholic, Christian and Benedictine values are lived out each day as we serve in health care and higher education.”
The prioress is the spiritual and administrative leader of the religious community. Prayerful discernment and study takes place every four years as the sisters develop their long range plan outlining directives to enhance mission, ministry and promote vocations to religious life. “It is critical that we collaborate with others and respond to the needs of the times as our founding sisters responded – guided by the Holy Spirit with vision, faith and courage,” says Sister Nancy.
“Annunciation Monastery is not just home to our sisters,” she says, “it is a place of hospitality for people of all faiths. We strive to respond to the contemporary hunger for God through our spirituality programs, spiritual direction and retreats. We offer a peaceful, prayerful place for people to come and be refreshed. Through vocation live-in experiences throughout the year, women discern God’s call in their own lives. We support and encourage them in their vocation.”
“We Sisters of Annunciation Monastery vision for the future with renewed commitment to the people of the Bismarck Diocese and beyond. We are here for you and we pray for you every day.”